Have any of you ever thought about using Goldfish as bait?
My friend and I did once during our younger days. The bait shop was closed so we thought we wouldn't be able to go fishing but we happended to see that a pet store was open. Picked up several Goldfish for about 5 cents a piece.
Our reasoning was fish seem to like live bait but they also like bright flashy colors. So we thought that combing the two would be money. However, we didn't even get a bite. Oh well, it was worth a shot.
This year we picked up some Albino Chubs (I think they were chubs). They worked great. Not only that, they seemed to be very lively and outlasted the other chubs. Even though they were called "Albino" they were actually pink in color. The 'eyes loved 'em. First time I had ever seen something like that.
They are incredibly effective at times. How many orange crankbaits are there? In fact, how many orange pike and walleye baits are there? Maybe the majority. HOWEVER--the goldfish are illegal to use on many waters so be very careful on checking the local regs. It is for good reason- they can move into and largely alter a watersheds ecosystem. Similar type thing that has happened in the great lakes with the goby. But if in an allowed fishery, my experience is they can be dynamite!
I totally understand. My only point was to check the regs on a specific body of water before using the bait there. While they are illegal on many waters I understand they are allowed on many others. Have some friends down South that "trot line" for big flathead catfish. They evidently fish waters where it is allowed and say they are the best bait going--even better than shad or bluegill for those giant fish. They seem to think they are much more visible and attract many more fish. So if it won't be getting you a ticket then go for it--they are a very good bait where they are allowed.
Jason "The Fisher" Pence
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